News in Brief

There is a chicken barbecue benefit for Cody firefighter Andy Lawson and his family from 11:30 a.m. until sold out Oct. 20 at Cody Station 2, Wilcox Road.

The Lawson family recently lost everything in a trailer fire. In addition to the chicken dinner, there will be door prizes and raffles. Takeout dinners also will be available.

Call ahead to play an order at 593-8977.

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Oct. 30 is the deadline to file applications to take a number of Civil Service tests in Oswego County.

The tests are: Caseworkers Aide and Caseworkers Aide Spanish speaking; Community Service Worker; Planning Technician; Principal Account Clerk (schools); and Senior Account Clerk.

All the tests are being given Dec. 7.

Applications and further information are available at the Oswego County Department of Personnel, County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego, 349-8209 or at oswegocounty.com/personnel/openings.html

 

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The Valley News is seeking events for December and in the coming New Year to be the primary photo displays on the cover of Wednesday editions.

Any organization, school, church or group that knows of a special event coming up, please e-mail that information to Managing Editor Debra J. Groom at dgroom@scotsmanmediagroup.com

Include the name of the group, when the event is, what the event is and a contact name and phone number for the organization or group.

The photos are booked through Dec. 4 but we are looking for events that are occurring Dec. 4 and after.

 

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People who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will see a decrease in their allotment beginning Nov. 1.

This is due to the increase provided by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will expire.

In 2009, Congress passed ARRA to allow for a temporary boost in SNAP benefits to help offset the economic downturn. This federal Act allowed for SNAP recipients to receive a 13.6 percent increase in their maximum monthly SNAP allotment. ARRA has not been renewed by Congress and as a result, the temporary increase is expiring.

Recipients will see two changes in their benefit amounts during the fall of 2013. Every Oct. 1, benefits increase slightly for most households to reflect the cost of living. This annual increase took place the beginning of this month.

In addition, on Nov. 1 of this year only, all SNAP recipients will see their benefits decrease due to the end of the extra benefits provided by the 2009 federal law.

Most SNAP recipients will see a decrease of about $11 per person, per month. The amount of the SNAP cut is based on the household size.

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Two assemblymen and a state senator who represent Oswego County have been named to the New York Farm Bureau “Circle of Friends,.

They are: Sen. Patricia Ritchie, Assemblyman Robert Oaks and Assemblyman Will Barclay.

A total of 101 state legislators were named to the list for their support of New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau.

The “Circle of Friends” honor is based upon each legislator’s voting record on issues of agricultural importance as well as other evidence of legislative support, including sponsorship of bills that New York Farm Bureau has either supported or opposed during the most recent legislative session.

“The selected lawmakers from both the Assembly and Senate were chosen for their commitment to the hard working farm families in New York. Each friend has demonstrated that they understand the importance of agriculture to the people of their legislative district, and how farming significantly impacts the economy of this great state,” said Dean Norton, President of New York Farm Bureau.

The “Circle of Friends” is not an endorsement, and this distinction only recognizes the 2013 legislative session.

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AccuWeather.com reports with fall underway, leaves across the country are coming into senescence, creating a vibrant landscape of reds, browns, oranges and yellows.

Entering the first week of October, much of the East has already seen slight to moderate color change. Some areas farther North, have begun to enter the peak of their season.

“It looks pretty certain that the cold temps in September brought out early and good color to the Northeast, including Pennsylvania,” Marc Abrams, professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology at Penn State University, said.

“The August drought and early frosts (in places) is a slight negative, but overall the cold temps prevailed,” Abrams said.

Temperatures from September through mid-October have a significant impact on the vibrance of the displays. Cold temperatures become very important during this time, what Abrams considers the “critical period.”

“The warm temps this week may delay the trees that have not yet turned but shouldn’t deter the ones that have,” Abrams said.

 

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Dugway United Methodist Church is having a harvest dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 20 at the church on Route 104, Parish, two miles east of I-81 at Mexico.

The menu consists of scalloped potatoes, ham, squash, baked beans, cabbage salad, cranberry sauce, applesauce, homemade breads and pies, coffee, tea and lemonade.

Prices will be $7.50 for Adults, $6.50 for Seniors, $5.00 for Children 6-12, and Children under 6 for free.  Family rates for 2 adults & 2 children over 5 is $20.00

The dinner benefits the United Methodist Women of Dugway United Methodist Church.

 

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The Dugway United Methodist Church is putting on a hunger walk at 10 a.m. Oct. 19.

There will be refreshments afterwards.    Benefits will go to the local food pantries.

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The Century Club is now taking orders for its annual nut sale to raise money for the Phoenix Public Library.

Orders will be taken through Oct. 16 (today). Nuts being sold include walnuts, pecans, cashews and chocolate-covered nuts.

To place an order, call a Century Club member of stop at the Phoenix Public Library on elm Street. For more information, call library at 695-4355 or the Century Club fundraising chairperson at 695-2232.

 

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The Woodland Hallooween Festival is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday Oct. 27 at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Center.

Creatures of all ages will delight in the afternoon of free and fun family activities.  An adult must accompany all children for this special event.

Woodland Halloween Festival includes children’s games, crafts, face painting, campfire program, light refreshments and a trick and treat trail at dusk. Along this trail, trick and treat’ers will meet and greet friendly forest critters. The trick and treat trail will be open only between 6-7 p.m. The last group will leave the trailhead at 6:45.

Woodland Halloween Festival will be held rain or shine. Participants should dress to stay warm and to ward off the spirit of chill, and bring a flashlight.  This is a free public program.

The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located at 748 State Route 183, one mile south of Williamstown.

 

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The Fulton Dining and Activity Center is having its annual candlelight dinner Oct. 24 in the community room in the Fulton Municipal Building.

Doors open at 11 a.m. With lunch served at noon. The fee will be collected at the door. There will be entertainment and door prizes.

Seating is limited to call Eileen for reservations at 592-3408. The deadline is Oct. 18.

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Foster Funeral Home, with sites in Fulton and Hannibal,  has renewed its membership in the Lofty Oaks Association, a New Hampshire organization dedicated to reforestation and conservation efforts in New York state.

Foster arranges to have a tree planted for every service is performs to provide a living memorial in honor of the deceased and to renew forests in New York. The trees are planted in the spring and fall.

After each service, close family members and friends are informed that a memorial tree has been arranged for  by Paul E. Foster. When the tree has been planted, the designated people in the family will receive a certificate of planting suitable for framing at home.

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The United Methodist women of the Red Creek Westbury United Methodist Church will conduct their annual SERRV Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at the church.

Visitors will be able to pick up Christmas gifts for family and friends and enjoy lunch at the Holy Cow Cafe.

Proceeds from the bazaar go to the major mission project to support the the Folts Foundation, Westside Ministry, Pines of Peace Home, Matthew House, Church World Service, Doctors Without Borders, The Heifer Projects, Care Net of Wayne County, Gateway-Longview, Christian Mission Camp, Red Bird Mission, The Jambo Jipya School in Kenya and the farmers and artisans of SERRV.

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Hollie Doyle of Oswego recently was selected to participate in the 2014 Mis Teen Syracuse/Binghamton pageant.

The pageant was held Oct. 12.

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The Empire State Bottle Collectors Association will have its 15th annual fall antiques, bottles and more show and sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Scriba Fire Station, Route 104 two miles east of Oswego.

There will be antiques, collectibles,  bottles, post cards, coins, insulators, watches, advertising items, glassware and brewery items.

Food and other refreshments will be available.

 

 

 

 

 

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